Registration of casinos’ internal security units with PNP-SOSIA pushed

There is a proposal to include casino internal security officers under PNP-SOSIA

House members are seeking to strengthen the competency of the internal security units of casinos in the country through their registration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA).

The proposal cropped up during the second hearing jointly conducted by the House committees on public order and safety, games and amusements, and tourism chaired, respectively, by Reps. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), Gus Tambunting (2nd District, Parañaque City), and Lucy Torres-Gomez (4th District, Leyte) on the Resorts World Manila tragedy.

Rep. Romeo Acop, chair of the House committee on public order and safety, made the proposal during a recent joint committee hearing on the security lapses during the Resorts World Manila (RWM) attack that left 37 people dead.

Acop proposed to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to register the internal security units of all licensed casino operators with the PNP-SOSIA
Acop is also planning to come up with a bill to support his proposal, which gained the backing of PAGCOR vice president Roderick Consolacion.

The Antipolo lawmaker cited the need to strengthen the competency of the internal security units of casinos after the House committees discovered lapses in security on the part of RWM.


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